|December 18, 2014||2014, Allergy, Article, Authors, Conjunctiva, Cornea, Immunology, Sameera Irfan|
Current Concepts in the Management of VKC | Dr Sameera Irfan Vernal keratoconjunctivitis 1 is an acute-on-chronic inflammatory disease of conjunctiva and cornea, encountered in children with its onset usually in the first decade of life. Mild cases of VKC tend to remit with nonspecific and supportive therapy. But severe cases are more protracted, with…
|December 14, 2014||2014, Abstract, cataract, news, Pharmacology|
Cataracts From Statins? More Signals Emerge in Analyses VANCOUVER, BC — Statin therapy significantly elevates the risk of developing cataracts severe enough to warrant surgery, suggests analyses of two distinct cohorts, one from Canada and another from the US, that add to a hazy landscape of prior studies variously concluding for or against such a risk for the widely…
|December 11, 2014||2014, Abstract, journal, ophthalmology, Refractive Surgery|
Side Cut LASIK Does Not Improve Dry Eye Symptoms Patients have superior recovery from laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) surgery if the LASIK flaps are made with an inverted side cut instead of a conventional side cut. Although corneal sensation is improved at year 1 with inverted side cuts, the improvement does not appear to…
|December 10, 2014||2014, Abstract, ophthalmology|
Macular Degeneration: Not All Supplements Equal, Experts Warn Eye health claims made for some supplements are not supported by evidence, and the supplements could pose a risk to the user, researchers say. “The scary thing is that the [US Food and Drug Administration] doesn’t regulate these supplements for safety or efficacy,” Jennifer J. Yong,…
|December 8, 2014||Posted by admin under 2014, Abstract, journal, ophthalmology, Optics & Refraction, peadiatric|
Investigators randomized 358 children between the ages of 3 and 10 to either observation or patching for 3 hours per day for 5 months, with a 1-month washout period of no patching before the 6-month examination. All subjects were previously untreated for intermittent exotropia, except for refractive correction, with near stereoacuity of 400 seconds of arc or better. Although there was a slightly lower deterioration rate with patching (0.6% vs. 6.1%), the authors conclude both management approaches are reasonable for treating 3- to 10-year-olds.
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|December 6, 2014||Posted by admin under 2014, cataract, Pharmacology, vitreo-retina|
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – The nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory eyedrops ketorolac and nepafenac do not prevent cystoid macular edema after phacoemulsification, researchers from Brazil report.
Most patients exhibit inflammation after cataract surgery that requires treatment with an anti-inflammatory eyedrop, typically a steroid, they write in the British Journal of Ophthalmology, online November 10.
Dr. Patrick Frensel Tzelikis from Brasilia Ophthalmologic Hospital in Brasilia and colleagues evaluated the effects of ophthalmic solutions of ketorolac 0.4% and nepafenac 0.1% in preventing cystic macular edema (assessed by optical coherence tomography (OCT)) after phacoemulsification cataract extraction.
Patients were randomly assigned to receive an artificial tear substitute (n=40), ketorolac 0.4% (n=45) or nepafenac 0.1% (n=41). All patients received prednisolone 1% eyedrops on a (more…) (329)
|December 6, 2014||Posted by admin under 2014, aao, Abstract, Glaucoma, Neuro-ophthalmology, news|
Free iPad App Enables Inexpensive Visual Field Screening
CHICAGO — The free visualFields easy app for the iPad has made it possible to perform visual field screenings in remote areas of the world where access to bulky medical equipment is limited, a new study shows.
“Carrying equipment through mountain passes is very difficult,” explained lead researcher Chris Johnson, PhD, director of the Visual Field Reading Center at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. He said he is pleased that his team appears to have solved the problem. “I was very impressed with how well this screening procedure did,” he said here at the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) 2014 Annual Meeting.
The study was designed to assess the ability of the low-cost program for the iPad to perform visual screening in Nepal.
Testing with the app took an average of 3 minutes and 18 seconds. Researchers compared results (more…) (561)
|December 5, 2014||Posted by admin under 2014, news, Quote|
Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin on Doctors
“Despite all technical innovations in medicine, personal qualities of a doctor have always been most valuable. It goes about attention to people, nobility and execution of professional and moral duty. Our health care system lives owing to such professionals. And we must create all conditions for their decent work,”
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|December 4, 2014||Posted by admin under 2014, Abstract, cataract, Information, Pharmacology|
CHICAGO — A tapered-release dexamethasone punctum plug appears to be a reasonable alternative to medicated eye drops for patients who have undergone cataract surgery, according to early research.
“In clinical use, the sustained release may reduce patient pain,” said Tom Walters, MD, from Texan Eye in Austin. Dr Walters presented the phase 2 study during the cataracts session here at the American Academy of Ophthalmology 2014 Annual Meeting.
The prospective randomized double-masked trial involved 59 patients at 4 sites. The primary end points of the study were the absence of cells in the anterior chamber — a measure of ocular inflammation — and the absence of pain.
Immediately after cataract surgery, patients were randomized; half received the dexamethasone punctum plug and half received a placebo vehicle punctum plug. In this study, (more…) (301)